Who can apply?
Singapore-registered organisations, including companies and trade unions, may apply for the CIF.
Individuals should apply through a registered organisation if they wish to apply for the CIF.
What type of projects can be funded?
The CIF supports a wide variety of projects:
- Festivals and celebrations
- Interest-based activities (sports, volunteerism, arts & culture)
- Learning journeys
- Forums, workshops or conferences
- Videos and publications
These examples are not exhaustive. We encourage applicants to come up with new ideas and consider innovative ways to promote integration. As a guide, we support projects where integration of locals and foreigners is a major objective. Projects such as annual dinner and dances or corporate family days where integration outcomes are marginal, are less likely to receive funding or supported only at a low level.
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The amount of funding granted depends on how well each project is assessed to meet the CIF’s objectives. The CIF can provide co-funding of up to 80% of the total qualifying costs or the net qualifying costs of approved projects, whichever is lower. From 1 April 2021, the maximum funding for a project is up to S$100,000.
Non-qualifying projects and costs
The CIF will not support the following types of projects and costs:
Types of projects
Types of costs
Projects with content held as objectionable by the general public, or that may adversely affect social cohesion in Singapore
Projects that advocate for a religion or political party
- Projects that directly profit the Applicant
- Start-up, operating, and capital costs such as:
- Purchase of assets
- Cash Prizes
A more comprehensive but non-exhaustive list of non-qualifying costs is available here (PDF, 131 KB). The support of projects and acceptance of claims are subject to CIF terms & conditions, funding guidelines and the CIF Panel’s approval.
The grant is given on a reimbursement basis. If you are successful in your application, please submit all required documents for reimbursement within:
- Three months of the end of the project for projects receiving support of below $100,000; or
- Six months of the end of the project for projects receiving support of $100,000 or above (auditor’s report is required)
Reimbursement will be computed based on actual income and qualifying expenditure. The final amount you will receive will be lower of the following, capped at the maximum approved funding
a) Approved quantum of actual qualifying costs; or
b) Actual qualifying costs less the total income (i.e. net deficit for the project).
Funds will be disbursed within a month after the satisfactory submission of all required documents for reimbursement and clarifications.